Artemis Aviary Presents
Comparison of avian pellet manufacturers

Cockatiel / Lovebird Size Products/ Formulas

5/17/2009

**IMPORTANT NOTES**

  1. If there's a company missing from my chart, it's most likely by mistake - please contact me via email. I will need literature, company contact information or empty packages to document them accurately.
  2. Cells marked only with ? are data I'm missing. This doesn't mean the product doesn't contain said item; I just don't know at this date in what amount. 
  3. I've also only noted the most often listed nutrients / vitamins found on the labels - this also doesn't mean that the diet doesn't contain other nutrients / vitamins. 
  4. For simplicity sake, I chose one size / formula per company to profile on this page - mainly the size for small birds (lovebird, cockatiels etc.).
  5. Measurement units are noted in the header unless specifically stated in the cell itself.
  6. Those marked with * are quoted from Feeding Your Pet Bird by Petra Burgmann

Others are taken from literature or product labels from Manufacturer.

Please NOTE - We DO NOT make recommendations on which pellet to use for your bird or which pellet is "better".  You need to consult an avian veterinarian or an avian nutritionalist for that advice. This page is only an informational comparison.

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Analysis

Manufacturer

Crude Protein %

Crude Fat %

Crude Fiber %


IU / kg

D IU / kg

E  IU / kg

K mg / kg

Folic Acid
mg / kg

Calcium %

Phosphorous
%

Sodium 
%

Iron
mg / kg

Zinc
mg / kg

Copper
mg / kg

Iodine
mg / kg

ABBA (2600-c)

13.0

3.15

4.0

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

Avi-Sci Dr. D's 
(Cockatiel maintenance)

21.0

3.0

8.0

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

Breeder's Blend

15.0

4.0

5.0

5120

454

9

0.46

0.9

1.00

0.55

?

90
ppm

50
ppm

3.0 ppm

.3
ppm

Brown's (Zoo-Vital)

14.0

5.0

4.00

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

Foundation Formula

15.3

5.5

5.5

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

Hagen 
(Lifetime Granules)

14.0

9.0

4.00

15000

450

280

2.00

1.50

0.60

0.40

0.09

100

120

35.0

.09

Harrison’s 
(Fine Grind)

14.00

6.0

4.5

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

Kaytee (Exact Conversion & Weaning)

15.0

6.0

5.0

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

Kaytee (Exact Organic)

15.0

6.0

5.0

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

Kaytee (Exact Rainbow
Maintenance)

14.0

5.0

5.0

?

?

?

?

?

.30

?

?

?

?

?

?

Kaytee (Exact Original)

14.0

5.0

5.0

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

L/M Animal Farms
(Perfect Pellets)

15.0

6.0

2.5

8000

500

50

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

LaFeber 
(Cockatiel)

14.0

4.0

2.00

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

Lake’s 
(Maintenance)

12.0

4.5

4.5

5000

1200

30

70

1

.85

.77

.18

70

50

5

.70

Marion Zoological (Scenic Paradise)

20.0

7.0

5.0

8000

3500

?

?

?

1.2

.7

.20

80

?

?

2.5ppm

Mazuri 
(Small Bird Maintenance)

14.5

5.0

5.0

8250

1800

180

3.00 PPM

3.9
PPM

.90

.72

.12

230
ppm

99
ppm

13
ppm

1.30
ppm

Pretty Bird 
(Daily Select Small)

14.0

10.0

4.0

17500

750

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

14

?

Roudybush 
(Maintenance)

11.0

7.0

3.5

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

Totally Organics

15.0

6.0

6.0

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

Zeigler 
(Parrot maintenance)

12.0

4.0

4.5

7.46 IU / g

0.93 IU/g

72.28

12.53 ppm

6.02 ppm

0.46

0.54

0.16

133.33 ppm

56.87 ppm

17.11 ppm

0.40 ppm

ZuPreem 
(Avian Maintenance)

14.0

4.0

2.5

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?

?


Preservatives and Ingredients  

Manufacturer

How Preserved

How Flavored

Compressed / Expanded?

1st Ingredient

2nd Ingredient

3rd Ingredient

Protein Source

ABBA (2700)

Calcium Propionate

Artificial & Natural

Expanded

Ground Wheat

Ground Barley

Ground Corn

-Soy beans
-Whole Eggs
-Fresh Beef Meat
-Fresh Poultry
-Fresh Fish

Avi-Sci Dr. D's
(maintenance)

Ascorbic Acid

?

Compressed

Grain Products

Plant Protein Products

Processed Grain by-products

-Plant protein products

Breeder's Blend

None

Natural

Cold Compressed
(No Steam)

Roasted Yellow Corn Meal

Alfalfa Meal

Soy Protein Extract

Soy Protein Extract

Brown's (Zoo-Vital)

?

Artificial & Natural

Compressed

Wheat

Corn

Dehulled Soybean Meal

-Soybean Meal

-Dried Brewer’s Yeast

Foundation Formula

None

Natural

Compressed

Corn

Wheat

Barley

-Peanuts

-Sesame Seeds

Hagen
(Lifetime Granules)

CO2, Calcium propionate

Natural

Expanded

Ground Corn

Ground Wheat

Soybean Meal

-Soybean Meal

Harrison’s
(Adult Lifetime Fine Grind)

None

Natural

Compressed

Ground Yellow Corn

Ground Hulled Barley

Ground Hulled Millet

-Ground Roasted Soybeans 
-Ground Shelled Peanuts

Kaytee (Exact Conversion & Weaning)

Propionic Acid,

Artificial Colors
Natural Flavors

Expanded

Ground Corn

Ground Wheat

Ground Oat Groats

-Dried Whole Egg
-Soybean meal

Kaytee (Exact Organic)

Mixed Tocopherols

Natural

Expanded

Ground Organic Corn

Ground Organic Wheat

Roasted Organic Soybeans

-Roasted Organic Soybeans

Kaytee (Exact Rainbow Maintenance)

Propionic Acid,

Natural Flavors & Artificial Colors

Expanded

Ground Corn

Ground Wheat

Ground Oat Groats

-Dried Whole Egg

-Soybean Meal

Kaytee (Exact Original)

Propionic Acid, Mixed Tocopherols

Natural

Expanded

Ground Corn

Ground Wheat

Ground Oat Groats

-Dried Whole Egg

L/M Animal Farms
(Perfect Pellets)

?

Artificial & Natural

?

Ground Yellow Corn

Ground Wheat

dehulled soybean meal

dried egg

LaFeber

Ethoxyquin

?

Compressed

Ground Corn

Wheat

Oat Groats

-Soybean Meal
-Dried Whole Egg

Lake’s
(Maintenance)

Ascorbic Acid

Natural

Extruded/Expanded

Ground Wheat

Ground Corn

Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal

-Fish Solubles
-Isolated Soy Protein

Marion Zoological (Scenic)

Propionic Acid

Natural

Expanded

Yellow Corn

Soybean Meal

Corn Gluten Meal

-Soybean meal

Mazuri (Small Bird Maintenance)

Tocopherols

?

Extruded

Ground Corn

Wheat Middlings

Dehulled Soybean Meal

-Dried Whole Egg

-Brewers Dried Yeast
-Soybean Meal

Pretty Bird
(Daily Select Small)

Tocopherols

Natural & Artificial

Extruded

Corn

Oats

Corn Gluten Meal

-Potato Protein

Roudybush
(Maintenance)

Vitamin E

Natural

Compressed

Corn

Wheat

Soybean Meal

-Soybean Meal

Totally Organics

Vitamin C

Natural

Compressed

Rice

Barley

Corn

-Sunflower seed

Zeigler

Calcium propionate & nitrogen flush

Artificial

Compressed

Wheat

Ground Corn

High Gluten Wheat Flour

-Fish Meal
-Soybean Meal

ZuPreem
(Avian Maintenance)

Vitamin E & Vitamin C

Natural & Artificial

Expanded

Ground Corn

Soybean Meal

Ground Wheat

-Wheat Germ Meal

Compressed / Expanded - Compressed pellets are bound together by steam at high temperatures for short periods of time.  Compressed pellets are often pale and resemble rabbit pellets and crumble easily.  Expanded (Extruded) pellets are also bound together by high temperatures created by steam, but the cooking and drying process is much longer.  They resemble dry cat food.
 

Manufacturer

Contact Information

ABBA Products Corporation

(908)353-0669
http://www.abbaseed.com

Avi-Sci, Inc.
Dr. D's

800-942-3438 
http://www.avi-sci.com/

Breeder's Blend

(703) 644-6415
http://www.breedersblend.com

Brown's Sons, Inc

800-334-8816
http://www.fmbrown.com/

Foundation Formula

1-877-563-7056
http://www.organicbirdfood.com/

Hagen

888-BY HAGEN or 800-724-2436 
http://www.hagen.com/

Harrison’s

800-346-0269 
http://harrisonsbirdfoods.com/

Kaytee

1-800-KAYTEE-1
www.kaytee.com

LaFeber

800-842-6445 ext. 312 
www.lafeber.com

L/M Animal Farms

www.hartz.com

Lake’s

800-634-2473 
www.lakesinc.com

Marion Zoological, Inc.

800-327-7974
http://www.scenicbirdfood.com/scenicbirdfood/

Mazuri

800-227-8941 
http://www.mazuri.com/

Pretty Bird

800-356-5020
http://www.prettybird.com/

Roudybush

888-290-BIRD (2473)  or 888-286-2473 
www.roudybush.com

Totally Organics

866-867-2473
http://www.totallyorganics.com/

Zeigler

(800) 841-6800 
 http://www.zeiglerfeed.com/

ZuPreem

800-345-4767
http://www.zupreem.com/

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